Reducing toxic plastic pollution from cigarette waste in Canada

A World No Tobacco Day E-discussion

June 1, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

This year the World Health Organization (WHO) encourages governments and their communities to mark World No Tobacco Day (May 31 2022) by focusing on “Tobacco: Threat to our environment“.

The WHO is calling on “governments and policy makers to step up legislation, including implementing and strengthening existing schemes to make producers responsible for the environmental and economic costs of tobacco product waste.” Demonstrating the importance of environmental and health authorities working together on this issue, the WHO’s FCTC Secretariat is collaborating with the UN Environment Program (UNEP) to raise awareness about the damage caused by microplastics in cigarette butts – “the most discarded waste item worldwide.”

Canadians concerned about health and the environment are invited to join a virtual meeting to discuss ways to address the environmental and health damage caused by plastic cigarette filters.

This conversation will be led with a presentation by Dr. Tom Novotny, founder of the “Cigarette Butt Pollution Project“. This will be followed by a discussion among panelists invited from the environmental, health and government communities. The panel will respond to questions and comments from the virtual audience.

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